WEST ALLIS, Wis. — Four-time IndyCar Series champion Dario Franchitti is less than thrilled with his season.
But his eighth-place finish Saturday at the Milwaukee Mile was his fourth consecutive top-10 finish and continued a remarkable climb in the standings for the Scot. After opening the year with a crash in the season opener and a mechanical failure in the second race, Franchitti was ranked last in the IndyCar standings.
He has rallied all the way to 10th.
Still, he wasn't thrilled Saturday despite driving from 23rd to eighth.
"Obviously, we didn't have a great qualifying effort and then we took the engine change penalty before the race. We started in the back, made some good progress, but it was difficult to pass," Franchitti said. "The guys made good calls to keep me in the hunt, but keeping the car pointed straight was a challenge."
It's been an issue all year for the Target Chip Ganassi Racing cars, which are winless through nine races.
Scott Dixon finished sixth Saturday as the highest finishing Honda, but said the Ganassi cars are trying to recover still from early-season miscues.
"I think we went down a road earlier in the year and now we're just trying to regroup and find our way," Dixon said. "Maybe we're lacking confidence in our changes with the car, but we'll work hard and get better."
Franchitti said IndyCar needs to examine the rules package.
"To pass people was very tough. The cars are so close, so the series might be a victim of their own success right now," he said. "We need to start allowing something to differentiate when guys get it right and wrong."